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H.J.Res. 59 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014

This was a vote to agree to H.J.Res. 59 (113th) in the House.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (H.J.Res. 59; Pub.L. 113–67) is a federal statute concerning spending and the budget in the United States, that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 26, 2013. On December 10, 2013, pursuant to the provisions of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 calling for a joint budget conference to work on possible compromises, Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray announced a compromise that they had agreed to after extended discussions between them. The law raises the sequestration caps for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, in return for extending the imposition of the caps into 2022 and 2023, and miscellaneous savings elsewhere in the budget. Overall, the bill is projected to lower the deficit by $23 billion over the long term.

In forming the deal behind the bill that was passed, Ryan and Murray explicitly avoided trying to find a "grand bargain", in which Democrats would buy into reduced entitlements spending while Republicans would agree to higher tax rates, as several past negotiations along such lines had failed. Instead, in Ryan's words, negotiations sought to "focus on common ground ... to get some minimal accomplishments". The deal did represent a rare example of bipartisanship during this period and promised to end for a while the last-minute, crisis-driven budget battles that had consumed Congress for much of the prior three years.

This summary is from Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia

Totals Republicans Democrats
Aye 230
 
 
53%
228
 
2
 
No 189
 
 
44%
1
 
188
 
Not Voting 13
 
 
3%
3
 
10
 
Date:
Sep 20, 2013
Question:
On Passage of the Bill in the House
Required:
Simple Majority
Result:
Passed
Source:
house.gov

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